So last week I had the pleasure to do my besties hair. After a hard couple of weeks dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Cheryl was ready to get a little pampering. It had been a little over 6 weeks since the last time I had done a partial highlight on her and many months since she had, had a haircut. So this time we decided to add in a lowlight to give her some dimension and bring her into the fall. I used the Aveda color line. For my colorists out there her formula was daylight + 40 volume, enlightener + 20 volume + 7n permanent + violet/blue + 20 volume. After she was done processing I put a toner on her just to freshen up the previous highlights she had and give her a little shine. The formula for that was Universal 0n + 10n + violet/blue + light yellow/orange + crème cta. I let the toner sit on for about 5 minutes.
I used the Aveda Pure Abundance Shampoo and Conditioner on Cheryl. This line will give you lots of body and movement without drying out your hair.
For Cheryl’s haircut she wanted to improve the health/condition of her hair but still wanted to maintain length while adding some volume/weight. We agreed on taking 1 1/2” off all around and giving her square layers. By doing square layers Cheryl was able to receive that extra volume without loosing length or exposing too much. I freshened up her front angle and trimmed her bang as she is growing it out/wants to keep them long.
For her blowout I used lots of volumizing products. I used the Pure Abundance Style Prep, Volumizing Tonic and then blew her out. Once she was all dry and I went in and checked the haircut and then used some finishing products. I used Light Elements Smoothing fluid (to add shine) and the Pure Abundance Hair Potion. This product is one of my absolute FAVORITES! It gives you lots of volume at the root, keeps oil down and has a little hold in it. I am obsessed.
In the end Cheryl felt great about herself and her look for the fall and I was so happy to do it for her.
This weekend I saw the new Ice-T documentary “The Art of Rap: Something from Nothing”. The documentary discusses the origins of rap/hip-hop and what inspires each artist and how they influence the musical culture.
It got me thinking of “The Art of Hair”. There are so many stylists that have gone thru the hair world that have left a large imprint in the way men and women look. I can go as far back as the 17th century and mention the hairdresser Champagne. He was history’s first “coiffeur” and designed signature looks for royalty and aristocrats. Lets move on to Kenneth Battelle. He was famous for giving Jackie Kennedy her bouffant and created a very structured but feminine look. And of course when discussing famous stylists only one name comes to mind and that is the late, great Vidal Sassoon. Vidal was an amazing stylists that looked at hair as shapes and created geometric styles that are still part of the hair culture today. He made it ok for women to have shorter & interesting hairstyles that still looked feminine and made women feel like rockstars. Vidal has been a great influence on me and is the main reason why I have been moved into working in the hair world and even the way I look today. You see his signature Mia Farrow pixie even to this day on celebrities like Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin. While it is a month later I still want to say that Vidal Sassoon was one if not the only greatest stylist, whose vision and passion for making beautiful hair will be missed but admired and replicated for years to come.
So when thinking about hair you have to remember that your stylist is a true artist. To look at someones head and help them realize what cut or color would work for them is a true art form. You have to know color, shapes and how the person wants to maintain their hair. You can influence someones mood or personality just by their hair. I love hair and love to make people happy and I hope with my postings every week I can help guide you towards the look you want or maybe the look you never knew you wanted. Because happy clients are the best clients!
on my nails: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in the color Checker Out
Like any investment, we want to take care of that investment. Our makeup brushes are an investment and should be treated with care. Cleaning our makeup brushes is often overlooked. However, it is one of the most essential things you can do. Not only does cleaning your makeup brushes keep them in the best functioning condition possible, it also reduces the amount of old makeup, bacteria, dead skin, dirt, and oil you put back on your face. To keep your brushes soft, supple, and sanitary, brushes should be washed weekly.
What you need to clean your makeup brushes:
- Brush Shampoo – It is important to use shampoo specifically designed for cleaning makeup brushes. Do not use hair shampoo, hand soap, etc. These items will strip the brushes natural oils and can make the brush glue less effective.
- Clean paper towel or face cloth.
How to clean your makeup brushes:
- WET brush; allow water to flow through the bristles.
- ADD BRUSH SHAMPOO – the amount of shampoo added will depend on the size of the brush.
- RINSE out your brush
- REPEAT shampoo and rinse, if needed, as many times as needed until makeup residue is removed.
- FLUFF to correct the shape of the brush. Brushes are easier to work with if they dry correctly.
- DRY – Lay fluffed, clean brush on a clean paper towel and allow the brush to completely dry.
Important: Remember to keep bristles down, and the handle up throughout the process. Allowing water to get into the glue may loosen the glue, resulting in the fallout of bristles.
Keeping you brushes clean will provide years of hygienic and flawless makeup application!
Ombre(also can be called “minking”): Is having color or tones that shade into each other in which color is graduated from dark to light.
One of the biggest hair color trends right now is ombre. We have seen tons of celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson hop on the ombre band wagon. While this trend has been around for over a year, it has reached a peak recently. I see more and more girls on the street and more girls coming into my salon asking for this hair color technique.
The beauty of this hair trend is that it is an amazing way to have highlights without the maintenance. Go to your stylist and tell them i want an ombre and you can even have some brought up higher around your face to highlight the perfect summer tan!
There are many options you can do in terms of color when asking for an ombre. It can be very severe with the light and dark difference or nice and subtle. Even go crazy and throw in some crayola box colors into your hair….another huge trend right now.
The only big hiccup when getting an ombre is the length of your hair. It is best if your hair is past your shoulders so that the ombre looks natural….however with hair there are no rules. Go out there and be creative/fun and on trend….its ombre time!!!!